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Subject: What If....
They did a parody of this film on the Carol Burnett Show? I could just see Carol playing that overly ebulient daughter and Tim Conway as the son; stick himself in the forehead with that paring knife. Of course the daughter would just have to come down the stairs with that dress on with the drapery rod on it. It'd be, let's say, "formula."
Yes a silly film, even for 1950. No kids ever acted like that. Not on this planet.
On average these parents would be in their mid 40's but they do (as one other commenter noted) look pretty long in the tooth for that age. Perhaps they postponed having kids til their financial situation was secure and were now already in their 50's. We'll never know.
Subject: Ethically Challenged
A white family has apparently adopted an Italian kid from Jersey and a Lutheran girl from Minnesota and raised them as brother and sister. Eddie, the boy, can't miss a party (or go to one without a date), and even though his girl Amy's grandmother is sick and it would probably break Amy's heart if he went with someone else, he shamelessly searches for a replacement. His sister, Jane, indulges this thoughtlessness, because for them, the party means everything. Jane, who has abominable taste in fashion, has fallen in love with a astonishingly blah dress that she dreams of wearing to the same party where Eddie will presumably flaunt his infidelity. The whole family lies to Jane about their whereabouts that afternoon in order to give her the dress as a surprise gift. Somehow we are supposed to learn about "thoughtfulness" (and the "fun" we may derive therefrom) after viewing this confused and ethically ambiguous little narrative.
Subject: Fine for 56 years ago.
Each generation views former generations' standards differently. When ERD said "...us" I think that was referring to our present generation- not the 1950's.
The former reviewer seemed to be taking some simple pointers of the movie out of context. In any case, different viewers will have different opinions.
I found the film fine for 56 years ago. I certainly didn't come away with the feeling that the people were boaring and uninteresting (banal).
Subject: "Do they ever wonder what future generations will think of us?"
Based on this film, they will think we are a very banal people. Courtesy doesn't *have* to be boring.
Besides, being thoughtful with the promise of a reward isn't exactly the most charitable way to live your life. (After all, dogs will modify their behavior for the promise of a treat.) I suppose you could say that being thoughtful to get a new dress is no different than being thoughtful to be sure you get into heaven, but that casts human nature in a pretty bleak light.
Subject: 1950's "Fun of Being Thoughtful" comes across nicely
Through a cute family sitcom, this 1950 film showed how being thoughtful and cooperative in a family could be beneficial. Well acted and directed. I find that the cynical and negative remarks of some reviewers indicates a lack of knowledge and sensitivity of former times. Do they ever wonder what future generations will think of us?
Subject: Mom & Dad.
I've noticed in the short films of this era how frumpy the older people look. I wonder if it's a reflection of the shorter lifespans of that era.
Subject: Norman Bates, before Psycho.
This atypical Coronet film (of course in the same Coronet House) features the broher and sister team of Jane and Eddie. An IMPOSSIBLY gee-whiz-isnt-life-swell-lets-cook-dinner-for-the-family duo who just can't stop complimenting each other, trying to outdo each other in courtesy, which of course, becomes TOTALLY IRRITATING as we want to wring either or or both of their necks after a while. They keep saying "Gee, that's very thoughtful" all the time. Who lived like this? Noone! The boy looks like Norman Bates. This is an excellent pre-Psycho film.... See what drove Norman to madness!